Travel guide
New Zealand

Kiwi Island

It’s called New Zealand, but don’t forget that we’re talking about islands, in the plural!

There are two main types, whose landscapes may differ. The north, whose capital is Auckland, features a volcanic landscape accompanied by subtropical forests. To the south, in Wellington, you can explore the New Zealand Alps.

A land of greenery, but also of ancestral culture: here live the so-called “Kiwis”. New Zealanders are first and foremost Maoris. Warm, welcoming and happy to show off their country, whatever the current economic climate.

The islands are also home to many sheep grazing in the meadows, which are said to outnumber the inhabitants 15 to 1!

And for an extra touch of magic, there’s the chance to observe a magnificent aurora australis…

Time difference



New Zealand Dollar


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Although the locals speak Maori, the official language is English:

  • Bonjour / Bonsoir = Good morning/ Good evening
  • How are you? = How are you? / How are you doing?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Fine, thank you, and you?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Do you speak French/ English?
  • Je comprends/ Je ne comprends pas = I understand/ I don’t understand
  • Pardon = Sorry
  • Goodbye = Goodbye
  • Bienvenue = Welcome
  • Merci (beaucoup) = Thank you (very much)
  • Excuse me/SVP = Excuse me/ please
  • Je suis Français(e) = I am French
  • Je m’appelle… = My name is…
  • Non merci = No thank you
  • Oui/Non = Yes/ No
  • You’re welcome/ that’s quite all right

Key figures

New Zealand is on GMT+12 on the main island and GMT+12h45 on Chatham Island.

When it’s 2.30pm in Paris, it’s 00.30am in Wellington and 01.15am on Chatham Island.

Good to know

American flat-plug socket – Type A and Type B (adapter required)


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTP
  • MMR (in children)

As far as sexually transmitted diseases are concerned, we recommend taking all the usual precautions and avoiding risky behavior.


Visas are not required for stays of less than 3 months, except in certain special cases: students, teachers, journalists, sportsmen and women, and patients coming to New Zealand for medical treatment. Please consult the Immigration New Zealand website to determine whether a visa is required.

All visitors must have a return ticket or a ticket to a third country, and be able to prove that they will have sufficient means for their stay.

As of October 1, 2019, all visa waiver travelers to New Zealand must first apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to be admitted to New Zealand.